State Assessment

STAAR is the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness, our state assessment program as required by federal law.
STAAR Tests are administered in the following grades and subjects:

Grade Reading Math Writing Science Social Studies
 3 Y Y      
 4  Y Y Y    
 5  Y Y    Y  
 6  Y Y      
 7  Y Y  Y    
 8 Y Y

End of Course Exams

End of Course Exams (EOC) are administer to high school students in May of the year they take the associated course. Students must score satisfactory or better in all five courses to graduate.
  • English Language Arts I
  • Algebra 1
  • Biology
  • English Language Arts II
  • US History

State Assessment for Students with Disabilities

A student with a disability can be a student:

  • with an identified disability who receives special education services;
  • with an identified disability who receives services under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; or
  • with a disabling condition who does not receive special education or Section 504 services.

Students Receiving Section 504 Services

Students are required by TEC §28.025(c) to meet all curriculum requirements and assessment graduation requirements in order to receive a Texas high school diploma:  Most students will take STAAR with or without allowable accommodations. Review the eligibility requirements for STAAR A for students identified with dyslexia or related disorders as defined in TEC §38.003.

Students Receiving Special Education Services

The admission, review, and dismissal (ARD) committee makes educational decisions for a student, including assessment graduation requirements as described in Texas Administrative Code (TAC) §89.1070(b):

  • Most students will take STAAR with or without allowable accommodations.
  • For students who need more significant accommodations, review the STAAR A eligibility requirements.

Examples of STAAR Accommodations

Accommodations are changes to materials or procedures that enable students with disabilities or English language learners (ELLs) to participate meaningfully in learning and testing. It is important to keep in mind that while some accommodations may be appropriate for instructional use, they may not be appropriate or allowable on a statewide assessment.

Some common accommodations for students with dyslexia include: 

  • Oral/Signed Administration
  • Spelling Assistance
  • Extra Time

It is important to remember that the selection of accommodations must be based on individual needs and not simply by a category of disability. Additionally, all accommodations for state assessment must be used routinely and effectively in classroom instruction and assessment.


Resources

Student Testing and Accountability
Assessment for Students with Disabilities
Accommodation Resources
STAAR - A

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